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The Second Hut

English Book Presentation
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Marcus Jankowski

on 3 February 2014

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Transcript of The Second Hut

The Second Hut
The Author
Doris
Lessing
Born in Iran
1919
... the year World War 1
ended.
She grew up in Africa ...
... where she went to a
catholic school for girls ...
(yes, there would have been waaay better pictures of catholic school girls.
just check them out on google)
yeah, she's got a
nobel!
A summary
Characters
Themes + Links
Comparison
Major Carruther vs. van Heerden
retired army officer
tall and thin
lack of self-confidence
"gentlemen farmer"
treats native workers fairly
Afrikaaner
strong
hard worker
impulsive person
good farmer
treats native like a oppressor
Comparison
Mrs. Carruther vs. Mrs van Heerden
"pretty english girl"
unable to cope with the conditions on the farm
hopeless
"vast slatternly woman"
"seemed (...) less a human being than the expression of an elemental,irrespress-ible force"
Comparison
Carruther's children vs. van Heerden's children
"pale, fine drawn creatures, almost transparent-looking"
similar to animals
children with no future
Isolation:
Force of Circumstances
Outpost of Progress
Shooting an Elephant
Outpost of Progress
Force of Circumstances
Outpost of Progress
The Force of Circumstances
Woman in the colonies:
The Force of Circumstances
Death 2013
Narrative Structure
Point of View:
limited third-person narrator
emphasize distance and inability to communicate
Language and Imagery:
Symbolism:
spider incident and building and destruction of the second hut
Antithetic:
refer to Carruther and Van Heerden
Native Workers
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